World of Wallcharts Series #5 – TYPOGRAPHY

Number 5 on the highly-anticipated (!) #WorldOfWallcharts series focuses on the beauty of the letter form.

Let’s start Pop Chart Lab’s beautifully detailed Taxonomy of Typography:


Following this, we can proceed with a gentle Anatomical lesson from Diane Nuguid :


And because an A-Z always makes everything look neat Pop Chart Lab@

The Alphabet of Typography Wall Chart .jpg

Finally a historical perspective, with the devices which first churned out these letters into print Pop Chart Lab’s Visual Compendium of Typewriters:


I hope you enjoy this series of wallcharts and infographics which I have collected, a number of which are from the fantastic Brooklyn-based Pop Chart Lab. Please let me know if there is a specific theme which you would like featured!


Dating Apps – My Red Flags on profiles

So Valentine’s Day has come and gone. For singletons like yours truly, this means ever more frantic swiping on shallow smartphone-based dating apps.


I thought I would write a semi-humorous article about the profiles which may make me more inclined to swipe “left” rather than right.

DISCLAIMER: The profiles I have experience with are women. I have no doubt that men can be a lot worse in general and make these mistakes and more. My own profile is probably a mess. I hope not to cause any offence

1) “I have X kids, and they are my world”

I’m sure your children are very important to you, as they should be. And it’s absolutely fine to proclaim your intentions in your dating profile. But if you put it as the headline comment then that’s not award-winning salesmanship!

Every swiping session seems to have a profile pic which is just the aspiring datee’s children. I’m not sure if it is Tinder’s smart algorithm which has promoted that photo or not, but I can’t imagine a situation where someone would want to swipe right on that.

I even have encountered two profile photos with an ultrasound of a baby. Again, I fail to see how this would help her dating.


Source: LyonRoadArt

2) Which one are you?

I’m increasingly seeing a host of images where the individual is hidden like Where’s Waldo (Where’s Wally for fellow Brits) amongst large groups of people. Sometimes there are 14-15 images and one frantically swipes right to find out who the elusive person is, only to find progressively greater and greater crowds of people.


I get that they might be a little bit shy and not want to show an individual photo of themselves on the app, but at least put a few clues in the profile so I can work out which one you are! Thanks.

3) Filterageddon


The weird artificial glazed look the eyes, really oddly placed flowers in the hair, I previously found filters a good addition to dating apps because they add an automatic no filter for me. That was until I moved to an area where 99% of dating profiles have flower or dog filters, rendering the pool of dating to people who haven’t heard of Snapchat. It truly is the end of days….

4) Ex-husband or ex-boyfriend in first profile pic

I think there’s certain rules about guys in the first profile pic:

  • Father = OK.
  • Gay best friend = Probably OK. Grey area
  • Ex-boyfriend = Not OK
  • Ex-husband = Not OK

Seeing her profile picture with her ex-husband isn’t going to make me think “Wow that’s a lovely dress and I can imagine her being my bride”

5) “Is there anyone genuine/nice on here or are you all weirdos?”


Angry hen

I can empathise with the female dater who has had bad experiences, we all have. But again, I’m not sure putting that in the profile is necessarily going to unearth that elusive central segment of the single/genuine person Venn diagram.

As I said, this article was meant to be semi-humorous so I don’t want to cause any offence. If you use puppy-with-tongue-out filters on all your photos (including portraits of your family), don’t let me be the one to stop you. And as always, good luck


World of Wallcharts Series #4 – FLOWERS

The day after Valentine’s Day, there will have been a lot of flowers sitting in vases (and in many other types of receptacle) across the world.

Therefore, number 4 in the #Worldofwallcharts series pays homage to the floral world.

Let’s start with four posters from Pop Chart Lab going through the various varieties of:









If you’re so much of a florophile that you get hungry looking at them, then perhaps you would be interested in this wallchart of edible flowers from Sugar and Charm


And if you like to think of flowers from a more scientific perspective then here is a more anatomical viewpoint from Rachelignotofsky

Enjoy your flowers 🙂


World of Wallcharts Series #3 – LOVE

What else could it be for the third part of this #worldofwallcharts series today? In homage to St Valentine’s Day, here is a curation of some beautiful love-related posters and infographics.

First up, a load of iconic heart beats from musical tracks, courtesy of Pop Chart Lab. Some of them are quite hard to figure out, but the icons look cool at least:

This begs the question ,what kind of heart are you? Perhaps you can find the answer on 20px’s poster down here. I think I may be a couple of these…

If you’re looking more for numbers and facts rather than cute heart emojis, then you’ll be right at home with the “Facts of Love” infographic from Overstock:

And if you’re more scientifically-inclined, then you can look at exactly how those brain hormones work in the following infographic from Adam Baumgartner

Finally, if you want to learn how to say I love you in 50 different languages, then Pop Chart Lab has the wallchart for you:

Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day, whether with your loved one, with your friends and family, or alone.


World of Wallcharts Series #2 – MUSIC

For the second feature in this #Worldofwallcharts series, I’ll be paying homage to audio and music.

Yesterday was the UNESCO World Radio Day, and we’ll start with a lovely detailed history of audio apparatus courtesy of popchartlab

Let’s follow this with an exploration of the many instruments which have been discovered over the years, from the piccolo to the pipe organ, also courtesy of the same design studio:

And, if you’re a fan of a specific stringed instrument, then this one’s for you!

Classical musical notation still remains the default method of learning to play an instrument, and this poster handily describes some of its components:

I hope this curation provides some inspiration for those who are looking to start playing a musical instrument.


REVIEW – Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story

I treated myself to a mobile bundle on the fantastic Humble Bundle , where you can buy bundles of games and give a contribution to charity and developers. I got the Humble Mobile Bundle 22 which has an interesting range of games.

One of them caught my eye, and I just completed it. Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story
It’s a short game, but precisely what I was looking for.

I don’t want to give too much away, but the premise is that you have just found the phone of a lady called Laura, and gradually you piece together a narrative about what has happened to her, including her relationships with various people in her life.

The game builds a convincing mobile world, through text messages, emails, notes and many other applications that we all use on our own mobile devices. This might sound tedious, but the world it builds entraps you and the characters are fleshed out so well in this mobile world that you feel an empathy with Laura and a compulsion to unlock more elements of the story.

There is an extra element to this story which I don’t want to give away in this review. Suffice to say that as a guy, I encountered ideas and affinities that are hard to appreciate fully even when you think that you are open-minded.

It was a game which will stay with me for a long time, it’s also available in a number of other languages:

Please let me know of any other games which are similar in terms of narrative and characterisation in the comments section!